|Saying nothing does nothing|
The Whole Paula Deen Thing
For the past two weeks I’m repeatedly being asked what I think about the whole Paula Deen thing.
Maybe it’s because I’m black or that I live in Savannah Georgia or maybe it’s because I write books about race and transformation.Whatever the cause, no one expects my answer; “I think she may be using too much butter.”
I enjoy seeing, hearing or waiting for the response because some folks actually ask about this in a text message.
Here’s the thing and I hope you take me very seriously because it’s high time—Paula Deen is our wake-up call.For the past 20 years we have been working on what we say in public around the “others;” those we think don’t fit into our own dominant group. For some the group is based on age and some it may be race. Some base the group on education and some do it by the struggle. Sometimes the group allows an “other” to be an honorary member, with all the rights and privileges, but then that member goes too far. But that’s another story for another time; another other.
It’s time that we all work on what we say when the “other” is not in the room.We need to work on what we think and feel when we type from an anonymous email account or yell from the inside of car and most of all; we need to work on that thought that comes forth regarding the "other" because we feel insecure about our own abilities.
I’m done preaching, I’ve got to go work on my own nasty cobwebs.
Be you, be well be transforming.
Bertice Berry, PhD.